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Socialist and post-Socialist Urbanisms: Critical Reflections; Comparative Perspectives

Call for Papers

Association of American Geographers
Los Angeles  9 – 13 April

“Socialist and post-Socialist Urbanisms: Critical Reflections; Comparative Perspectives”

Douglas Young, York University  Toronto
Lisa Drummond, York University  Toronto

Urban life in the 21st century has been shaped in quite significant ways by the thoughts, practices, ideologies and social organization of the 20th century. We seek papers that focus on the urban legacies of 20th century socialism and explore their impact on urban policy, spatial form and everyday life in the 21st.  With the neoliberal model
of city-building appearing to be in crisis mode and new approaches to urban issues urgently needed, we consider the possibility that a critical reassessment of the legacies of socialist models could provide valuable lessons for urban policy makers and citizens alike.

Actually existing socialism has taken many forms ranging from social democracy to repressive state socialism. The common thread of the ‘social’ that runs through them all is a commitment to the modernist idea of universal progress, a desire to create a socially de-differentiated society, and a heightened degree of state intervention in processes of city-building and urban governance. We seek papers that explore urban areas representing some of those variations of socialisms as well as variations in their fates. These could be cities that are socialist today, cities in countries that are transitioning to market socialism, post-socialist cities, and cities in neo-liberalizing former social democracies.

We particularly welcome papers that will contribute to the development of comparative perspectives (for example, Asia and Europe) if not within individual papers then from the sum of papers on the panel as a whole.

Papers could explore a wide range of topics including urban planning, housing, social policy, community development, local politics, economic restructuring and political ecology.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Douglas Young
(dogoyo@yorku.ca) and Lisa Drummond (drummond@yorku.ca) by 8 October.

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